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On 4 July 2019, we hosted the very first Bio-IT hackathon. We invited our community members from various research groups/departments a few months ahead of the event and asked them to think of projects that they could pitch for this hackathon. In order to provide a selection of topics, we encouraged project ideas ranging from developing technical tools to writing documents. We were successful at drawing [16 contributors](https://hackmd.io/79efcMTLSBmWzbmvxwg_AA) from different research and non-research groups to participate at this event.
![](https://git.embl.de/grp-bio-it/blogs/raw/master/content/images/2019_poster_1.png)
<img src="https://git.embl.de/grp-bio-it/blogs/raw/master/content/images/2019_poster_1.png" width="400" />
In the past, we have organised and participated in several hackathon-style events in different community spaces. These events aimed at achieving different collaborative outcomes such as developing functioning software to learning resources, publications, and web-pages. Even though organised with different objectives, all of these hackathons had one thing in common -- they were successful at creating environments that were inspiring and productive for everyone involved. With the motivation of providing similar experiences for others in our community, one goal that we set for the event was to gather project proposals that would be interesting and accessible to people with different expertise and interests in programming and technical topics. In this regard, we were very happy with the selection of projects pitched by several members a month before the hackathon. 8 different projects (check the [Issues](https://git.embl.de/grp-bio-it/hackathons/issues)) were proposed, which were both creative and useful for the community and catered to both our programmer (web scraping, R Shiny development, developing website infrastructure) and non-programmer (graphic design, tutorial writing, digital storytelling) community members. Historically, ‘hackathons’ in tech-spaces have not been the most inclusive events, therefore we paid attention in making sure that we personally reached out to individuals, especially women researchers who would bring diverse perspectives and distinct expertise, but may not consider to join us at the event.
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**Post-event survey report**
We received 10 responses to our survey, of which 7 participants rated the event as good and 3 found it excellent.
![](https://git.embl.de/grp-bio-it/blogs/raw/master/content/images/hack_new.png)
*Everyone indicated that they learned something new in the event.*
60% of the respondents thought that the event duration was too short, and 1 person thought that it was too long. 50% of the participants indicated that they will keep on working on the projects afterwards. The nature of a project or a particular challenge may affect peoples' engagement and the amount of time that they invest enthusiastically.
![](https://git.embl.de/grp-bio-it/blogs/raw/master/content/images/hack_members.png)
<img src="https://git.embl.de/grp-bio-it/blogs/raw/master/content/images/hack_members.png" width="400" />
*60% of the respondent got to know at least one new member who they didn't know before.*
7 participants indicated that they will come back to this event if we organise it again, and the remaining respondents replied in 'maybe'.
![](https://git.embl.de/grp-bio-it/blogs/raw/master/content/images/hack_recommend.png)
<img src="https://git.embl.de/grp-bio-it/blogs/raw/master/content/images/hack_recommend.png" width="400" />
*90% of the respondents indicated that they will recommend this event to others.*
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